The worst result, after buying shares in a company (assuming no leverage), would be if you lose all the money you put in. But in contrast you can make much more than 100% if the company does well. For example, the BW Offshore Limited (OB:BWO) share price has soared 298% in the last three years. That sort of return is as solid as granite.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.
During three years of share price growth, BW Offshore moved from a loss to profitability. Given the importance of this milestone, it’s not overly surprising that the share price has increased strongly.
We know that BW Offshore has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.
What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?
We’ve already covered BW Offshore’s share price action, but we should also mention its total shareholder return (TSR). The TSR is a return calculation that accounts for the value of cash dividends (assuming that any dividend received was reinvested) and the calculated value of any discounted capital raisings and spin-offs. Dividends have been really beneficial for BW Offshore shareholders, and that cash payout contributed to why its TSR of 298%, over the last 3 years, is better than the share price return.
A Different Perspective
It’s good to see that BW Offshore has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 17% in the last twelve months. There’s no doubt those recent returns are much better than the TSR loss of 11% per year over five years. This makes us a little wary, but the business might have turned around its fortunes. If you would like to research BW Offshore in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
But note: BW Offshore may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on NO exchanges.
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